Zim ex freedom fighters disown "Mugabe dictator" statements

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Harare – Zimbabwe's former freedom fighters have distanced themselves from a document blasting President Robert Mugabe's "misrule" last week, reports stated on Monday.  

According to the state owned Herald newspaper, the war veterans did not author the press statement that had called President Mugabe a dictator.

Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi stated that the statement could have been sent to the press by an unhappy group within the war veterans' association.

However, he was quick to state that the government was still investigating and had not ruled anything out yet.

It has been reported that in a rare public rebuke of the long-time president, the war veterans issued a statement on Thursday decrying Mugabe's "dictatorial tendencies" and blasting him for presiding over a declining economy.

The veterans of the country's 1970s liberation war and staunch allies of Mugabe vowed they would not support him if he sought re-election in 2018.

Growing opposition

Meanwhile, according to the privately owned NewsDay, the secretary of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association (ZNLWVA) Walter Asher Tapfumaneyi has vowed to root out those who have authored the damning Thursday communiqué.

According to widespread reports, opposition to Mugabe's rule has grown in recent months as the country's economic troubles mount while his Zanu-PF party is in turmoil over his succession.

The former freedom fighters are reportedly backing Mugabe's long-time ally, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over when he finally leaves office.

But a defiant group known as Generation 40, which Mugabe is allegedly sympathetic to, is opposing Mnangagwa's ascendancy into the presidency.

The G40 group is reportedly backing Mugabe's wife, First lady Grace.

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